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The Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio oozes dark vibes. Black chrome hardware. Rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and XII inlay at the 12th fret. The body ...Click To Read More About This Product

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As if the regular Les Paul couldn't play scary enough.

The Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio oozes dark vibes. Black chrome hardware. Rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and XII inlay at the 12th fret. The body and set neck are mahogany, and it comes armed with 2 Alnico Classic humbuckers. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and make string changing easier. An innovative integrated killswitch/tone pot lets you create a sonic strobe effect.

FEATURES
  • Black chrome hardware
  • Rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and XII inlay at the 12th fret
  • Mahogany body and set neck
  • 2 Alnico Classic humbuckers
  • Volume/Volume/Tone/Tone (with integrated killswitch)
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Satin black finish
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.6" nut width

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EpiphoneGoth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 176 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Good pick up (13)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Sounding Les Paul For A Low Price

I bought mine almost 2 months ago and it has become my No#1.go to guitar . I can not believe that a Les Paul can sound this darn good for such a low...Read complete review

I bought mine almost 2 months ago and it has become my No#1.go to guitar . I can not believe that a Les Paul can sound this darn good for such a low price. I got mine brand new and was pleasantly pleasd at the quality of this fine instrument. The stock Alnico Classic Humbuckers cover a wide array of sounds ranging from Blues to of course, Metal . Once set up properly, the Grover tuners will keep this baby in tune forever and the weight of this is very light for a Les Paul, which is a comfort to somebody of amy age ( 54 ). I am playing it through my vintage 1989 Peavey Bandit 112 along with my Digitech RP-50 and I never get tired of playing it . This guitar with the amp and processor I just listed, make a deadly combination and will blow the smoke off of anybody's eardrums within a mile. I love the Celtic Cross outline and the Roman numeral XII inlay on the 12th fret which IMO, make this guitar stand out from your standard Epiphone. All in all, this is one great deal for either a beginner or someone who is on a low budget who always wanted a Les Paul . Great job Epiphone on a great guitar !

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Cheap Guitar. No substance to it...

This guitar feels like it is made of plastic. Some parts ARE made of cheap plastic. Any reviews calling it "heavy" are out of touch with Les Pauls. I have been...Read complete review

This guitar feels like it is made of plastic. Some parts ARE made of cheap plastic. Any reviews calling it "heavy" are out of touch with Les Pauls. I have been shopping for a good Les Paul for several months now, so I have a pretty good base to compare. To me it felt small, lightweight, the head & tuners felt plastic and cheap. The black finish is not nearly as bad as some state. My fingerprints easily wiped off. Having said all of this, if you are not expecting typical Les Paul feel, but want the Les Paul look with some edge, then this is an economical choice. I mean, yes it functions as a guitar and can give you a good metal sound. So that's good. But if the "feel" of the guitar matters to you AT ALL, then I would suggest saving a bit more and grabbing a black epi les paul standard or custom. I really wanted to like this guitar, was prepared to buy it, but I just couldn't handle how cheap it felt.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fastastic metal guitar

By Ben-NdYAT

from Tampa, FL

Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

I really don't know how they built such a great guitar for the price of this thing. It sounds awesome in drop C and drop B tunings, just an absolute blast to come up with riffs on. What really amazed me was how good the guitar sounded clean. It has fantastic tone and wonderful control with the on board electronics and the pickups. The only thing I didn't like was the output jack keeps wanting to come apart. Another thing to look at is the weight of this thing. Its not a light guitar, so if you're going to be playing long sets, you might want to look at something different. I've been playing bass for years so its a non issue for me. I never played with the factory strings, so I have no idea how they sound. I always swap strings before I play a new instrument.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome value!

By Camurai

from Maine

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Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

This was my first guitar in 20 years, and it was definitely the best guitar I could have picked to get back into it! The setup out of the box wasn't good, but then again, not many are. A good setup should be first on anyone's list any time they purchase a guitar.Visually, this guitar is a definite eye-catcher. I get compliments from everyone who sees it. The stripped-down, bare-bones approach really works. The only thing I've considered changing is adding black pickup covers, since the open-pickup look doesn't really appeal to me.Once set up properly, I could honestly evaluate the instrument. Pickups are more than adequate for just about anything you could want them for. If you think they're weak, get a distortion pedal. Problem solved, and cheaper than a new set of pickups. Controls are standard Les Paul fare. Pots are fairly sensitive, and seem to have a fairly even amount of control through the entire range. The switch has a satisfyingly solid feel, and the input jack has given me no issues whatsoever. No unusual sounds from the pots when I adjust them up to this point, so they're pretty dust resistant. The honest-to-Gibson Grover tuners are a nice touch, and once the guitar is set up, they hold tuning as if nailed in place.The sound is where this guitar really shines. The tone is warm and full, and the sustain is everything one would expect from a Les Paul. Personally, I think the stock pickups are fantastic, and people that change them out don't take the time to listen to the stock ones. I've been offered a trade by a professional musician for a $3,000 Mollenhauer LP copy. This guitar will play jazz, blues, rock and metal with equal ease. It'll whisper or scream, whichever you want it to. The sound through even a decent amp is warm, rich, full and articulate. Harmonics are incredible. Does a Gibson sound better? Yes, but I can't honestly justify paying 6-10 times the price when the difference isn't worth that much. Do yourself a favor - check this one out.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best overall Value

By jklees

from MA

Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

I play 3 different guitars on stage, i have a sammick Greg Bennet explorer that i use for backup and ibanez strat style for different sound, but this one is my main guitar, and for good reason, it sounds awesome, it plays smooth, the cleans are warm and full at the neck and bright and cutting at the bridge. with the classic les paul wiring you can get just about any sound you want out of this, ive played it next to a Gibson Les Paul, and as far as feel goes, its almost exactly the same. dont be taken back by the Goth name, while you can get some of the best metal distorstion sounds out of this guitar, my band plays mostly classic rock and a bit of thrash, and i couldent ask for a more versital guitar.if your looking for a LP, and dont have the cash, this is the guitar for you, ive owned it for close to 10 years now, the only problem i have ever experienced with it was some shoty wiring within the first year, but i took the back plate off, re soldered, and has been good ever since. Buy IT

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wonderfully dark guitar

By patricia kohler

from Geogia US

Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

I gave this guitar a full rating because it has everything I've been looking for in a guitar I also use a fender strat made in mexico that I customized with lace sensors hot gold pickups for the neck and mid pick ups and for the bridge I put an 13.2 k extra hot gold lace it has a killer sound by its self but when I record the songs I write I use the les paul for rythem and lead and I use the strat for rythem
it sounds melodic and dark sweet sorrow as I call the sound that they make when recorded with eachother for the les paul I plan on customizing it with Tony Iommi pickups and 500k pots with great shielding and bumble bee capasitors it doesn't need these changes really I just like the way the Iommi's sound
oh and there's an instrument cable in the box with it I thought that was a nice touch by epiphone
another thing about the les paul it has great sustain and harmonics the base responce is beautiful as well and the high end is very clean and clear I play through a line 6 spider II and that amp is kind of old I've had it for ever I plan on getting a peavey windsor tube amp so I can hear everything and all the versatility this beautiful guitar has to offer
once again Epiphone has raised the bar just beautiful
for the price you can't get a better guitar than this one
in my opinion the guitar has a sweet sound with the factory pickups and tone and volume pots are nice and smooth too

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Rock Guitar for the price!

By bobbysongsmith

from Los Angeles California

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Pros

  • Feels like a Gibson
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Plays Like A Gibson
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Kill Switch Sucks

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

I thought I would buy this guitar as a back up guitar; It looks cool and is priced right. I was very surprised at the quality of it right out of the box. It is solid! The tone is awesome and the feel is great. This is every bit as good as a Gibson Studio. I don't care much for the cut out switch, it isn't to my liking; but that is a very small con. I would recomend this to anyone on a budget who wants a great rock or metal guitar. You won't be disappointed!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gr8 looking/sounding/feeling guitar

By Ingyz

from Bolivar, NY

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

    1st is the look WOW the matte finish n all black hardwear make this the best looking guitar in Epiphone line (my opinion) the guitar didnt come "setup" the best but my local guitar shop wit 30+ years of experience said it was so close not to worry till I bring it in for a restringing the volume knob on guitar was loose but it was 1/2 second fix no biggie!!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Sounding Les Paul For A Low Price

    By Jeffo

    from Woonsocket, R.I.

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Light Weight For A Lp
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

      I bought mine almost 2 months ago and it has become my No#1.go to guitar . I can not believe that a Les Paul can sound this darn good for such a low price. I got mine brand new and was pleasantly pleasd at the quality of this fine instrument. The stock Alnico Classic Humbuckers cover a wide array of sounds ranging from Blues to of course, Metal . Once set up properly, the Grover tuners will keep this baby in tune forever and the weight of this is very light for a Les Paul, which is a comfort to somebody of amy age ( 54 ). I am playing it through my vintage 1989 Peavey Bandit 112 along with my Digitech RP-50 and I never get tired of playing it . This guitar with the amp and processor I just listed, make a deadly combination and will blow the smoke off of anybody's eardrums within a mile. I love the Celtic Cross outline and the Roman numeral XII inlay on the 12th fret which IMO, make this guitar stand out from your standard Epiphone. All in all, this is one great deal for either a beginner or someone who is on a low budget who always wanted a Les Paul . Great job Epiphone on a great guitar !

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So Goth It Breathes Fire...

      By Patrick Lynch

      from TN

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

      I just got this guitar the other day and it is absolutely phenomenal!!! I have always wanted a Les Paul but could never afford one; I always thought that the Epiphone version would be less than par. I was WRONG!!! The goth Les Paul Studio is a work of art with an attitude. It sounds GREAT!!! All of the craftmanship that went into this guitar is perfect, every detail is spot on. This thing is so goth it breathes fire and *#@&s brimstone!!! The satin finish is set off by the glossy hardware so that it is all black without being TOO black. The only issue is the stock strings and even they aren't too bad. well done Epiphone. you've got a customer for life!!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good guitar for beginner

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

      This is the first electric guitar I've owned, and it is really nice. I bought it used, and it needed to have the toggle switch and two of the pots replaced. After I fixed it, the guitar went to the shop for a set-up, and when it came back I was extremely satisfied with it.The guitar looks awesome. I mean, it's an all black Les Paul. Does it get any better then that in terms of looks? I think not.Sound wise, it totally rocks. I've been playing metel/hardcore, and the guitar has really nice, thick distortion. Not only does it sound good with distortion, but it holds it's own when played clean, also.Overall, this is a very nice guitar. If lost or stolen, I would probably buy another one.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AMAZING GUITAR!

      By dustin sampson

      from North Carolina

      Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

      Overall this thing is amazing. you get a guitar that does everything and does it well. the distorted tone blew me away but when i heard the clean tone through my Marshall Valvestate....i had to look down to see if i was playing an acoustic or not. it sounded THAT good. I recommend it to anyone who wants a good les paul without the les paul price.
      I got this guitar two days ago and it is just amazing. The seperate volumes for the pickups make it great to go from distorted to clean with a flick of the switch. The only thing lacking is that i can't seem to find this killswitch in the tone pot.
      It's only day two. So I haven't really seen anything that would make me doubt the quality yet. I'm sure it will hold up for years to come.
      I traded in my Epiphone SG Les Paul Custom for this and am very satisfied with the trade. The sound is just great for the price.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just as good as any standard or custom

      By lcline

      from Bowling Green, Ky

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

        I wanted this guitar since it came out. Finally got it and couldn't be happier. Epiphone has came along way and i hold them to the same standard of any other brand. I honestly don't have to change anything on this guitar.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Can't beat the value.

        By K.C

        from Dayton, Ohio

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          I purchased this guitar for 149.99 and for the money, you can't beat it. The parts alone are worth it. I bought this for learning my parts when I'm lazy and don't want change strings on my other axe's. The quality and price were awesome. I'll get plenty of use out of this axe. For 149.99, I wont worry about the little scratches like I do on my other 2500.00 guitars. This one just as well a great tone. I couldn't be happier.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful Guitar for any Style

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          I've been playing guitar for almost 4 years, and the Les Paul Gothic plays and sounds better than some guitars that cost 1000's of dollars more. It's an exceptionally clean Blues and Jazz guitar, and can really scream while playing rock n rollBeing made of ebony, the neck is a little rougher than other materials, but the tone gained is amazing. If you find you need a smoother flow, then just apply some "FastFret" or other chemical to give it that feel.The only real downside to this guitar is that with its slick satin finish, the body dents easily. I have yet to see the finish actually chip off, and the dents are minimal. Besides the easy chance of small nicks, the finish adds much more elegance to the look.This guitar is the best you can make without spending a fortune.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I love this guitar!

          By Kiti_auteur

          from Santa Ana, CA

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          I've always used fender strats before this, and strats tend to sound too treble-y. this gives me, without major amp tweaking, a very warm resonant tone. its the next best thing to a real les paul standard.And the matte finish ALWAYS gets the compliments after a gig.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          So Goth it sneezes bats...

          By Mark Zero

          from Boston MA

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is flat out excellent. I haven't been able to take my hands off of it since I bought it. Stock straight out of the box, it was set up with great action, and even on stock pickups this thing has awesome sound. It SCREAMS with distortion on, and clean tones are surprisingly good for humbuckers. One feature I was completely unaware of is that one of the pots also functions as a killswitch if you push down on it. This is my first Les Paul, so I'm not sure if that's standard or not, but I think it's awesome either way.Other reviewers have commented about how the finish marks up very easily with fingerprints, and unfortunately they're absolutely right. Take care to touch the body of the guitar as little as you can, and clean it frequently if you want it looking good.The only complaint I could have about this axe is that the high E string snapped during shipping, which was a blessing in disguise since the stock strings were mediocre anyway. Replaced with some Ernie Ball Reg. Slinkys, and the tone just *peaked*. Also of mention, the tuners are excellent on this guitar. Even with string stretch, I have barely needed to re-tune at all. This thing stays in tune better than what most Floyd Rose advertisements claim they can do.All in all, if you're a musician on a budget, and you play *anything* that justifies dual humbuckers, this guitar is the best bang for the buck I've seen.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Blown Away

          By PickinNgrinnin-hsS3i

          from Cincinnati

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          I picked this guitar up at a shop a few weeks ago and cannot put it down.The warm tones and great sounds will blow you away. If you are looking for a good guitar for small shows or are just starting out and want the best bang for your buck BUY THIS GUITAR !

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's a LOVE AFFAIR me and my LP

          By Baron von Hobskewward

          from here and there

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          I've been playing bass for over 20 years and wanted a guitar to learn on and record with. I researched and tested several in this price range but wasn't satisfied until I got a hold of the famous Les Paul Studio. I couldn't be happier with it. I like how heavy it is. It feels like a weapon and sounds as solid as a working man's ax should. Of course you can upgrade pick-ups and strings but I'm talking right out of this box this is well worth the money. A set mahogany neck AND carved mahogany body should be cherished and loved dearly. My guitar arrived set up perfectly and as I've lugged it around the country and back it's stayed in tune very well. I wanted this one for its black hardware and non-glossy, satin finish. Hey, make sure all of you kids out there get the Epiphone case for it because it won't fit in the Gibson or other generic Les Paul ones. Epiphone LP's are slightly longer than Gibsons are. Thanks to Musician's Friend for a good deal. I bought this one used "condition 1". Not a scratch on it and set up near perfect. I'm very happy with this guitar. Been putting it right to work. Jeff Buckley, Chris Cornell, Thin Lizz, ZZ Top, G'N'R, Mega-talica-thrax, and SLAYER!!!But most of all, thank you to the good Epiphone workers of the Far East who make these fine instruments for the world. Most could not afford a guitar this nice if not for your sacrifice and suffering. With its makers in mind I dedicate it for the benefit of all and for the comfort of all.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Goth Guitar

          By MK-LInUr

          from Ontario

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          I love this guitar. I have owned it now a couple of months and prefer it over my other more expensive guitars (Epiphone as well). Looks cool with a great price. I run this guitar though a Marshall mini stack and it sounds great. Can't beat the value for the money. Not sure about the comments about the guitar being too heavy. I found it was a little lite and unbalanced compared to what I would expect of a Les Paul. I know some beginners guitars can be quite light weight but a quality instrument will be heavy. Perhaps my experience is atypical but the Grover tuners on my Goth locks the strings. My Goth does not fall out of tune. It rarely needs to retune and I check it often. My style is blues/rock meaning a lot of tremelo, pretty hard strumming, and a lot of 1/2 step bends. Seems people are upgrading their pick-ups and I have not done so because the Goth sounded exactly how I wanted it to though I may do some mods in the future. I highly recommend this guitar.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Gibson Lite...

          By nirvanahell

          from St Johnsbury, VT

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          Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          I've wanted a Les Paul ever since I was a little kid many moons ago. I decided this was the time, and checked out some Gibsons (Studios, Standards, Specials). I saw this Epi Goth, and tried it out. I must say, the sound was more to my liking, and the playability is comparable to any of the Gibsons I tested. It has a more "rich" tone to it, which I prefer.It plays like its higher-priced cousins, and seems like it will hold up well over time. I kinda miss the fret markers, though, and will probably get some customization done in that area. Other than that, this LP is a great deal for the money. I'm extremely happy with my choice, and can't wait to get this baby out in the clubs and bars and let her scream.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Deal for Your Money.

          By The Apologist

          from Tennessee

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          Comments about Epiphone Goth Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar:

          Not too heavy or too light. Great action and no buzzing. Fat full sounding Epi .. sounds great and versatile with stock Alnico V's and IMO even better with EMG81 85 setup .. I've played alot of guitars and this one holds its own against ones that cost 3x as much, at least in regard to great tone and and quiteness.

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